OREANDA-NEWS. April 14, 2016. The need for environmentally conscious production methods is also increasing – the discussions at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015 are the proof. At the exact same time, factories in Beijing had to suspend or reduce production due to smog concerns, and half of all cars were temporarily banned from the roads.

Governments all over the world issued ambitious climate protection targets, which can only be achieved with the industry’s cooperation; however, industry is under an enormous amount of competitive pressure, customers are becoming more demanding, and skilled workers are rare. The goal is to offer customized products at a mass-production price, reduce time to market, and be able to respond flexibly to market changes – with maximum process safety and fail-safe operations, as well as the minimal consumption of energy and raw materials.

This can be achieved, for example, by digitally connecting plants and equipment, production and management levels, and all levels of the supply chain, as well as by using the latest automation technologies.

To do this, Siemens offers the manufacturing industry an extensive portfolio that has been developed for many years and that comprises various elements. It is called the Digital Enterprise Software Suite. The solution uses Teamcenter as the collaborative platform (data backbone) and smoothly connects PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), MES/MOM (Manufacturing Execution System/Manufacturing Operations Management), and automation.

With Integrated Engineering and Integrated Operation, Siemens makes it possible for its customers in the processing industry to take the next evolutionary step on the path to Industrie 4.0. The solution has a consistent data model and offers a shorter time to market, more flexibility, and higher efficiency.